The UK’s health and beauty retailer Boots has announced plans to reorganise its head office in Beeston, Nottinghamshire, as part of which up to 350 jobs will be cut.
The company is planning to reduce overall costs at its Nottinghamshire head office by 20%, where about 2,500 people are working.
Boots UK and ROI managing director Seb James said: “The vast majority of head office roles will be unaffected, and we intend to make sure that the number of people concerned is minimised through redeployment, natural attrition, flexible working and other measures.
“A consultation process with affected colleagues will begin immediately.”
The move is part of the £1bn Walgreens Boots Alliance transformation programme announced in December, which will involve consultation with approximately 800 employees for a period of 45 days.
Boots confirmed that it has no plans to move out of the Beeston site, which includes a warehouse, manufacturing and distribution.
Responding to the company’s announcement, UK’s trade union Usdaw national officer Daniel Adams said: “This is clearly devastating news for those affected and the Union will be doing all it can to support members during this time.
“We would urge the company to engage with Usdaw as the trade union for Boots staff to ensure that all avenues to minimise the impact of these proposals are explored during this critical time.”
Boots, which has 2,485 stores in the UK, employs about 63,000 people.
James further added: “Like all retailers, we are operating in a new environment in which customers need us to move faster and recognise that they want to shop differently.”